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West Valley City is on track to get its first Target store next year.
The City Council has given final plat approval to Highbury Centre, a commercial center at 2550 S. 5600 West that will be anchored by a Target.
"This helps pave the way for a new Target store to come to our city," Mayor Mike Winder said after a May 17 vote on the plat.
Winder described Highbury Centre as "a great asset to our city."
Officials are pleased with the inclusion of the 135,300-square-foot store in the shopping center. West Valley City has been working for about a decade to get a Target in the community, according to City Manager Wayne Pyle.
The construction schedule calls for ground to be broken in July and the store to open a year later. Target will sit on a nearly 10-acre lot and have 543 parking spaces.
The Highbury Centre site, which is across the street from WinCo, is being developed by Suburban Land Reserve Inc., a subsidiary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are no other tenants currently at the development, according to LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter.
A Target Corporation spokeswoman said the chain typically does not share information about new store openings more than one year in advance. Target announced in January that it would open 21 new stores in 2011.
Winder said the West Valley City store opening in 2012 will follow Target's latest model. The newest style, called P Fresh, or Prototype Fresh, was used in Utah at the company's store that opened last fall near downtown Salt Lake City at 1110 S. 300 West.
P Fresh stores offer 90 percent of the food categories carried in a typical SuperTarget but there are fewer choices of brands and styles. The stores do not have a SuperTarget's traditional bakery and deli department but instead focus on prepackaged baked goods, meats and cheeses.
The idea, similar to an approach pioneered by Walmart, is to offer only the items that sell reliably and in high volume.
Target Corporation, which is based in Minneapolis, began using the new store format a few years ago. The company now has several hundred P Fresh operations out of more than 1,700 stores nationwide. There are a dozen Targets in Utah.
Reporter Lesley Mitchell contributed to this story.